Game 1– The two-time defending national champions, Northwestern College Red Raiders, defeated the No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats 57-52 in the opening game of the quarterfinals. In the first half, Indiana Wesleyan narrowed an early 19-12 Red Raider lead to a one-point margin, as Northwestern led at half 21-20.
In the second half, the Red Raiders went on a 22-4 run that lasted almost ten minutes to give the Raiders a 47-39 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Indiana Wesleyan junior, Claire Freeman, hit a major three-pointer to put the Wildcats up 52-51 with 55 seconds left. It was Indiana Wesleyan’s first lead in over 16 minutes.
With 0.2 seconds left, Northwestern junior, Kendra De Jong, was able to get her third double-double this tournament as she made both of her free-throws giving her 10 points and 13 rebounds for the day. Senior Kami Kuhlmann led the game with 22 points and made all 11 of her free-throws, while Stoneking led Indiana Wesleyan with 16 points and nine rebounds.
In a defensive match, both programs shot around 30 percent and forced a total of 17 turnovers. The Red Raiders grabbed 20 of their 22 rebounds on defense. On the offensive end, the Raiders shot 86 percent from the line hitting 24-28. Indiana Wesleyan scored 16 of their total points in the paint.
Northwestern moves on to play either Briar Cliff semifinals on Monday at 6 p.m.
Game 2 – After upsetting two teams in the first and second round, Eastern Oregon fell to College of the Ozarks 74-55. The Lady Bobcats shot 39 percent through the first half while Eastern Oregon shot 25 percent. The Mountaineers had nine missed three-point attempts, which contributed greatly to 17 defensive rebounds by the Lady Bobcats. Ozarks led the Mountaineers 33-23 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Bobcats maintained their halftime lead of ten points until the Mountaineers cut it down to six at 33-39 after a basket by Kyle Miller at the 14-minute mark. That was the closest the Mountaineers would come as the Lady Bobcats went on a 7-0 run, with 8:30 remaining, to lead 44-58. They stayed ahead by double-digits for the remainder of the game.
Shooting was a key factor in the game. Eastern Oregon hit only 25 percent of their shots from the field and went 3 for 27 from the 3 point line. Korrie Bourn and Brooke Randall were the only two Mountaineers to score double digits with 14 and 12 respectively.
The Lady Bobcats shot 41 percent from the field, 33 percent from the 3 point line, and 84 percent from the charity stripe. Morgan Hickey led the Ozarks with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Morgan Smith scored 15 with 7 rebounds, and Maranda Vaught put up 11 points.
The Ozarks go on to play Concordia (Neb.) in the semifinals on Monday 8 p.m.
Game 3 – The No. 4 Briar Cliff Chargers faced down the No. 3 Mount Mercy Mustangs 81-76 for the upset in the third quarterfinal game. Briar Cliff led the Mustangs for the first 10 minutes until Mount Mercy’s Becca Lampe hit two free throws to tie the game at 14. A few possessions later Mattie Murren hit a three-pointer for the Chargers to tie the game 19-19. The Mustangs led the Chargers for the rest of the half after hitting all 14 of their free throws. The score at halftime was 37-31.
Briar Cliff tied the game 49-49 with 11:38 left. At 7:16, Salcedo got a bucket after an offensive rebound, giving the Chargers their first lead of the second half, 61-60. After eight foul shots between both teams, Micha Mims drained a three-pointer coming out of a BCU timeout to tie the game at 70. At the other end, Kylie Dilla, senior guard, answered with a crucial three-pointer for the Chargers, giving them the 73-70 lead.
The Chargers went on a 7-0 run until Mims hit two free throws with 42 seconds remaining to make it 77-72. In the remaining 40 seconds, the Chargers hit four free throws to end the game at 81-76.
Cihak led the Chargers with 22 points. Teammates Salcedo, Murren and Evans joined her in the double digits with 10, 15 and 17 points respectively.
Briar Cliff will play Northwestern at 6 p.m. on Monday in the semifinals.
Game 4 – In the final game of the quarterfinals, the No. 1 seed Concordia University Bulldogs overcame an early eight-point deficit in the second half and defeated No. 2 seed Grand View University Vikings 80-68. The Bulldogs led 13-4 at the 14 minute mark but Grand View was able to cut the lead to two points with 8 min remaining in the first half. The Vikings took their first lead of the game at 2:30 after Shindelar grabbed an offensive board and got the put back. Grand View went on a 7-0 run and a last second hook shot by Aimee Osborne put the Vikings up 39-33 going in to halftime.
Grand View got up by as much as ten in the second half but Bailey Morris of Concordia was able to tie the game at 47 with 16 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs, with their full court press, went on to steal the ball 15 times. force 17 turnovers, and score 16 points off of turnovers in the second half.
Sophomore Kristen Conahan and freshman Bailey Morris led the Bulldogs, as Conahan scored 26 points and tallied six steals, while Morris accounted for 16 points and four steals. As a team, Concordia had 22 steals and shot over 42 percent and went 23-30 from the free-throw line (76 percent), while Grand view made 44 percent of their shots but only made 63 percent of their 30 free throws. Jennifer Jorgensen led the Vikings with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Concordia will play College of Ozarks, the only other No. 1 seed left in the tournament, on Monday at 8 p.m.